EricT 
Member since Aug 10, 2008


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Re: “Openly Scary

Mr. Cope - After reading what you are, to my shock and dismay, being PAID to write, I must confess that I am somewhat less than surprised that you must bribe your dinner companion to get him to listen to you. Hopefully he REALLY enjoyed his meal, as I would have to imagine that to be the only redeeming point to the evening you related for us in your opinion column. Being forced to sit and listen to such rampant hatred and bigotry as you poured out for your readers, frankly, would kill any appetite I might have had when I sat down at the table - but perhaps Bob has a stronger stomach than I do. Then again, what do I know, right? After all, I'm just one of those "dumb turd gun crackers," as you so colorfully described us, a member of the last group in America which can still be insulted by use of openly-displayed bigotry and outright racial epithets, without any consequence whatsoever, in the mass-media (thanks for putting that out there for everyone to see, Mr. Cope - and would it shatter your world-view if I were to relate that this particular "dumb turd gun cracker" operated several nuclear reactors for the US Navy and a large civilian power company for YEARS before moving to my current location? I'd hate for you to "pop a gasket like a pissed-off party balloon" over the loss of your cherished prejudices...). Of course, here in Virginia, people can walk around exercising their RIGHT to open-carry, if they prefer not to avail themselves of the option to submit to the relatively-minor expense and inconvenience entailed in acquiring a concealed-carry permit, and by and large, people don't get all spun up over it. They generally realize that people carrying a firearm while going about their daily business are no threat to them or to anyone else. Perhaps people here are just smarter than you are, though. Doesn't seem like that would be all that high a bar to clear, admittedly...

Posted by Eric Tank on 08/10/2008 at 5:01 AM

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